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County Council adopts Metro service changes for southeast Seattle

Most changes will begin September 19

The Metropolitan King County Council in May adopted changes that will be made to Metro bus routes in the southeast Seattle area this September and next February. The changes are designed to improve the public transportation network and connect bus routes to Link light rail stations so riders can enjoy fast, reliable travel on Link and Metro.

Beginning September 19, 2009, Metro will make the following changes to bus routes:

  • Revise routing on ten routes (8, 9 Express, 14, 36, 38, 39, 42, 48, 106, 107) to better meet the needs of most riders and to serve light rail stations.
  • Provide more frequent service on six routes (8, 38, 39 [Sundays], 48, 106, 107).
  • Expand the hours of service on two routes (8, 60).
  • Discontinue routes 32 and 42 Express and provide fewer trips on routes 7 Express, 34 Express, 39, and 42. By making these reductions Metro can add trips to more heavily used routes and reduce duplication of bus and light rail service.

Metro will make several additional changes in February 2010. See the details about all the route changes.

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Background

Metro considered input from thousands of people in southeast Seattle as it developed the service change proposals presented to the County Council. After considering additional public comments, the council adopted most of the proposed changes but retained some Route 42 local service instead of eliminating this route. The council also modified the proposals for routes 9 Express and 60.

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More rider information

The council also adopted changes to bus service in southwest King County and other areas. See the summary of all the service changes on Metro Online.

Detailed route information will be available in new timetables and on Metro Online and the online regional Trip Planner shortly before the changes begin in September.

For information about Link light rail service, which will begin July 18, visit Sound Transit [external link].

A new fare payment card, ORCA, can be used for trips on Metro buses, Link, and other public transportation services provided by seven agencies in the central Puget Sound region. Learn more at the ORCA website [external link].

Questions? Call Barbara de Michele at 206-263-3792.

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June 16, 2009